Thousands of Georgians to lose unemployment checks - CBS46 News

Thousands of Georgians to lose unemployment checks

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

You don't have to worry about the government shutting down next year. 

House lawmakers reached an $85 billion deal to keep federal agencies running through 2015.

If you collect emergency unemployment benefits, however, it may be time to start worrying.

Federal emergency unemployment insurance will end Dec. 28 because lawmakers did not extend the program.

More than 1 million Americans will have to fend for themselves.

Nearly 43,000 of them live in Georgia.

"I am very concerned," said Lisa Carson, who lost her job in healthcare last May.

"It's going to be really, really rough," said Carson, who is not sure where she'll turn if her benefits expire and she cannot find a job.

Diana Coney, who has been looking for work since getting laid off last march, is going to school to become a medical assistant.

Coney is trying to find a job because she has only herself to rely on.

"It's very scary not knowing what's coming next year. When you have no one else to depend on and you have no income, it's a scary feeling," Coney said.

Another 800,000 Americans will lose their unemployment insurance next year.

Some may find work, but many may stop looking altogether.

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